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/ 2 April 2008

Children may get bumper break over World Cup

The national Education Department is proposing a five-week long school break during the 2010 Soccer World Cup to avoid pupil and teacher absenteeism and a chaotic transport system, a media report said on Wednesday. A proposed school calendar for South African public schools has been gazetted and posted on the department’s website.

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/ 7 January 2008

Road fatalities drop in December

The December holidays always bring turmoil and carnage to South African roads, but this year has seen the number of road fatalities reduced by 18%. Statistics released by the Department of Transport for last month show that the number of deaths had dropped by 263 from the previous year.

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/ 18 December 2007

More than 560 die on SA’s roads

More than 560 people have died on South African roads since the beginning of December, the Department of Transport said on Tuesday. At least 119 people were killed in accidents in Gauteng, 86 in KwaZulu-Natal, 58 in the Western Cape, 70 in the Eastern Cape, 52 in the Free State, 74 in Mpumalanga, 51 in Limpopo and seven in the Northern Cape.

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/ 7 December 2007

MPs slam 2010 transport plans

Parliament’s transport portfolio committee has tabled a scathing report on the country’s transport preparedness to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The report, circulated in Parliament on Friday, says that at present there is only one senior official, a chief director, who is working full time on 2010 in the Department of Transport.

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/ 23 November 2007

Govt launches plan to improve road safety

A ”Rolling Enforcement Plan” was launched by the Department of Transport at the Heidelberg traffic control centre on Friday to improve road safety during the festive season. ”The main aim of this event is to promote cooperation between different law enforcement agencies,” said Mawethu Vilana, speaking on behalf of Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

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/ 18 October 2007

Plans to improve road integration in Southern Africa

The Department of Transport has adopted a plan of action to improve regional and national road integration, Jeff Radebe, the Minister of Transport, said on Thursday. Radebe was speaking at an African Union conference at KwaZulu-Natal’s Sibaya Casino and said the effort was part of the AU’s call to eliminate missing infrastructure links on roads.

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/ 19 September 2007

Ramos resolves to win freight back from the roads

Having for the first time in a decade halted the draining away of freight transportation from the railways to the roads, Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Transnet, is aiming to win back a large slice of the business. "Not all cargo on the roads is suitable for rail," Ramos explained in Cape Town on Wednesday, "but we are targeting the container traffic aggressively."